Last week the Missouri House approved HB436, the 2nd amendment preservation act, by a strong veto-proof majority. The bill now goes to the senate, where that kind of majority is absolutely essential as well. We cannot allow Nixon the power to stop this historic legislation.
HB436 would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future. Please read on to learn more and take action right now to support the Constitution and your right to keep and bear arms!
WHAT’S NEXT? (via mofirst.org)
- Monday, April 22 – First Read in the Senate. HB 436 is formally introduced to the Senate.
- Tuesday, April 23 – Second Read in the Senate. After this, at the pleasure of the President pro tem of the Senate, Tom Dempsey, the bill will be assigned to (probably) the General Laws Committee. Sen. Dempsey can choose to expedite this process, or delay. If he chooses to, the bill will be assigned that same day.
- The chair of the General Laws Committee, Sen. Brian Nieves, must then schedule a hearing. Potentially, if he wants to bad enough, that hearing can be as soon as 24 hours after the bill is assigned to his committee. Sen. Nieves has committed to passing HB 436 out of his committee the same day he holds the hearing. His own SB 325, the Senate version of HB 436, has already been through the committee process, so the trail has been blazed.
- After the Senate hearing, the bill is back in the pro tem, Sen. Tom Dempsey’s hands. He can either promptly place it on the Senate calendar for the entire Senate to consider, or he can delay the bill.
- Once on the calendar, it’s up to the Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Ron Richard, to make time for debate and “perfection” before the whole Senate. At this time, amendments can be offered and opponents can filibuster the bill, so Ron’s support will be key — he needs to be willing to give it all the time needed to wear out any filibuster.
- After perfection, no more amendments are allowed. It’s, again, up to floor leader Ron Richard to allow it the time to overcome another potential filibuster.
- Once the Senate passes the bill, if there are any changes, it will have to go back to the House for another up or down vote.
- After the House votes again, the bill will be delivered to the Governor to sign, veto, or do nothing, in which case it becomes law automatically.
- If he vetoes it and there’s more than 15 days left in the session, the legislature can attempt to override his veto before May 17th. If there’s less than 15 days, it will have to wait for the standard September veto session.
1. Contact your State Senator. Strongly, but respectfully, urge them to support BOTH HB436 and SB325
2. Contact Senator Tom Dempsey.
Senator Dempsey can choose to expedite this process, or delay. If he chooses to, the bill will be assigned that same day. Politely ask him for his support and to expedite this bill to the next step.
Contact Senator Dempsey (573) 751-1141 Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov
3. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
4. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Present the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners. Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances. Local legislative action is a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against 2nd Amendment violations.
model legislation here:
5. Connect with the Tenth Amendment Center on Social Media. Join the grassroots activism group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/2ndAmendmentMissouri/
HB436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, might be the most appropriately named bill anywhere. It proposes to do just what’s in the title, and would nullify virtually all federal gun control measures on the books – “past, present, or future.” It reads, in part:
All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
(2) Such federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations include, but are not limited to:
(a) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1934;
(b) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968;
(c) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(d) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(e) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(f) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and
(g) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.
There is no stronger protection for the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the country – if passed into law.
A companion bill, SB325 introduced by State Senator Brian Nieves, has already passed the General laws committee in the Senate and will go through a similar process there. Moving both bills simultaneously is an excellent strategy towards passage into law as it will help fast track the measures to the Governor’s desk with enough time on the calendar to override his veto. Inside sources say if the committees move the bills forward, a veto-proof majority is attainable with strong grassroots support.
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